Airbnb expands beyond homesharing with launch of Trips


Airbnb now offers tours and activities as part of ambitions to become a complete travel platform.

The new Trips section offers its users access to activities provided by private guides with current content comprising around 500 activities available in 12 cities worldwide.

The launch also allows Airbnb hosts and local experts to offer recommendations on place to visit and allows businesses to list their upcoming events.

A new itinerary feature is being added at the same time for users to plan and manage their bookings with Airbnb. The company stated that machine learning technology is being applied to this so that better informed travel suggestions can be offered to users in the future.

Meanwhile, addressing security concerns, a new identity authentication process is being introduced where hosts and guests will be required to scan an official ID and take a selfie, both of which must match.

In time, Airbnb expects to also make available flights and services through its app.

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